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SNIPPETS

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  • Keston AC has made the decision that they are no  longer able to hold any more agility shows for the foreseeable future. (Show Snippets)
     
  • Phase Purple is putting on three shows in October, November and February 2017 in place of the cancelled Hare 'n Hounds ones at Richmond.. (Show Diary)
     
  • KC official measurers required. (Show Snippets)
     
  •  Dartmoor is extending the extending the closing date for entries. (Show Diary)
     
  • The Kennel Club International Agility Festival returns to Rockingham for the fourth year. (Show Snippets)
     
  • There was success for the YKC Agility Team GB at the European Open Junior Championships 2016. Now including all the results. (Show Snippets)
     
  • After an accident and hospital treatment, Chris Hare has had to cancel some of the shows in the Hare 'n Hounds Diary. (Show Diary)
     
  • For the first time in 14 years, the Bincknoll show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. (Show Diary)

NEWS & INFO

Training & Education
Established agility club based in East London has an opportunity for another agility club to take over the venue and offer training on Monday nights to an existing group of agility handlers.

IFCS 2016
Dawn Weaver lead a team to the 2016 IFCS in The Netherlands and sent us this report.
Golden Valley Finals
Report on the hard fought Great Western League and Starters League finals at Golden Valley on Sunday, 17th April.

Sponsorship News
Lintbell's, sponsors of the Agilitynet Winning Out Certificates, has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation.


 

Training Places & Spaces
Starting a new group of beginners, looking for few competing handlers to fill your classes or needing a few people to fill a workshop or seminar? Email the details and we will post them for you.
  • Keston AC (Kent)

UKA News
UK Agility has re-issued the rules and regulations for the 2016 heats by competition along with the heats.

RESCUE US

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free to rescue organisations and private individuals!

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey


SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


WHAT'S NEW...

Agilitynet FaceBook
28th July is the birthday of the Agilitynet FB group which was set up six years ago. Thank you to everyone for sticking with us through the more turbulent times, and helping to make this group such a success. Whatever your role, whether you comment, react or just read, you are a valuable part of our community and we appreciate your contribution. 15,674 members to date. Group hug! Jill, Raine, Christine, Ellen & Annie

Hot Tips
Now that the good weather has arrived, we thought we would like to share some good advice from the nice people at Little Revel End© to keep your dog as happy in the sun as their humans.

  • Walk early or late in the day, keeping to the shade where possible.
     
  • Avoid walking on pavements. They absorb heat and can burn your dog’s feet. Walk on the grass instead.
     

  • Don’t forget to carry water with you or walk near a natural water source.
     
  • Cool coats and cooling mats are useful for dogs that over heat easily or are outside in the warmest part of the day.
     
  • Paddling pools and fans are a great way of keeping your dog cool at home, and providing them with amusement when it is too hot for a walk!
     
  • Keep your dog fit! Dogs that are overweight or unfit will find the heat much more difficult.
     
  • Long and wire-haired dogs may benefit from grooming to keep them cool.
     
  • Make an ice lolly for your dog! Freeze a tub of water and add your dogs favourite treats, chews and toys in it! You can also freeze toys such as Kongs for your dog - and it keeps them busy, too!

Going Platinum
Jean Tuck's Shetland Sheepdog Glen (Ag.Ch. Japaro Cool Jazz at Craygill) has made history by becoming the first dog of any breed to be awarded the new Platinum Agility Warrant. Sadly there is no happy ending to this story.

Agility Champ Dogs
Congratulations to
Jenny Lambert with Wizz and Monica Kerr with Kayla who achieved Ag.Ch. status this past weekend.

In Memory
Pink Flower Sunday, in honour of Tracy Flower who fought bravely but  lost her battle against stomach cancer on 18th July, was a great success around the country.

Tracy's funeral will be on 3rd August at 2pm at St. Albans Woodland Burial Trust, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford MK44 2JP. A Just Giving page for Macmillan Caner has been set up in her memory, as per her wish.

Pic of the Week
Veronica Hill and Spy, worthy Knock Out winners at DogFest 2016.


QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it!

Royal Canin® Agility Challenge
We catch up with heats 3-5 at Worcester Premier Show. Dogs Unleashed and Just Dogs Live.
LOW 550
Starting in July 2016, there will be a new national jumping competition called LOW 550 for handlers wishing to compete in a prestigious qualifier at the same height as the Lower Height Option at Kennel Club Agility tests, sponsored by the SMART Clinic.

4th Height Jumping Cup
Results from the heat at Dog Vegas at the end of May.

Qualifiers News
The Crystal Vision Large Agility competition will run along side the Adams Jumping Cup.

The Animal Health Co Classic
The first two heats of the Animal Health Company Classic took place at The WBSDS show and Hatton Agility Festival. Unique to the competition is the Westcotts Water Jump,  which again created a splash or two.

Agria Pet Insurance Grand Prix
The first 2016 Agria heat took place at the Hatton Agility Festival. After being runner-up in the same class in 2015, Julia MacLean nailed it this year!

Brillo International Bounce
The Brillo International Bounce Final will use jumps set at 450mm for Medium dogs and 350mm for Small dogs.

Agria Pet Insurance will be providing the winner from each category a £400 voucher towards a ‘dog friendly’ break!

Skinners Jumping Grand Prix
It's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the first Skinners Grand Prix at Chatsworth did just that and more in front of a huge audience.

Adams Qualifiers
The first Adams Derby was set up in 2001 by Chris and Sandra Adams. Over the years, they have added a Jumping Cup, Laser Pairs, Anysize Jumping and Junior Agility qualifiers to their repertoire.

SPECIALS

Agility at Chatsworth
Chatsworth Country Fair has played host to Agility for more than 21 years and introduced the Land Rover Jump & Drive, a unique competition never seen in Agility before.

Change for the Better
If you could change just one thing about agility, what would it be? Or is it perfect the way it is?

We Happy Few
Peter Lewis, one of the founding fathers of agility, relates what really happened behind the scenes at the first ever agility demonstration. Essential reading for anyone who loves agility.

The Bracco Italiano and Agility
The Bracco Italiano is a noble and ancient hunt, point, retrieve hound rarely seen in the agility ring... until now. Anne Brierley loves running her three and proved that they can work well despite distractions.

Fred Welham Interview
Another chance to read John Leslie's article remembering Fred Welham, the man who made the first set of agility equipment out of some old wooden pallets, a door and some tunnel air vent piping for the very first 'dog jumping' demonstration at Crufts 1978.

Caravan Maintenance
The caravan is one of the most expensive purchases in agility competitor's life. Dave Camble of Caravan Diagnostics, argues it's worth the extra money to do  regular checks to ensure comfort and reliability, keep up the re-sale value and guarantee the safety of you and your dogs.

Google
Talented Golden Retriever Google may have been a star of stage and screen and the classroom, but he was a unenthusiastic agility dog until, at least, he moved to the Lake District and found his mojo.

Dog Agility Therapy Autism
Blair Cochrane has created a very special therapy programme, combining his two passions - his love of dog agility with his day job of helping autistic children.


WANTED...

How can we help you find that elusive item you've been desperately seeking? Try a free 'want' ad. If you don't ask, you might not get.


STANDARD FEATURES

Job Search
The Kennel Club is looking for someone to manage the running of the Agility Stakes Finals on site at the London International Horse Show at Olympia. The deadline for applications is 1st August.

KC Agility Council Reps
Isn't it time that you contacted your area rep and let them know what you think about the issues facing agility today? They want to hear your opinions.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified KC and UKA judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Last 10 judges to join or update their entries:-

  • Derek Robinson

  • Oliver Rigby

  • Garry Smith - updated

  • Stephanie Wilson Astbury - updated

  • Lynne Shore - updated

  • Jackie Kenny - updated

  • David Isbister - updated

  • Charlotte Allen - updated

  • Laura Bentley

  • Neil Ellis - updated


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Of course we like to hear good things about Agilitynet, but if you have something 'constructive' to say about the site, please don't hold back. Let us know your thoughts so we can keep the site relevant and growing.


SENIOR AGILITY LEAGUE

Senior Agility League
If you are 55 or over, you are eligible to take part in the 2016 Senior Agility League. It's all a bit of fun.

Results of the 2015 SAL are now available. Congratulations to Jacky Orriss and the talented Oh Ted! for winning the overall title for the third year. What an amazing partnership.


REVIEWS

Agility Course Plans
Looking for some ideas for practicing in the garden or training at Club. Zeffrienne D’Ulivo-Rogers reviews Helen Anderson's new book which is chocked full of more than 250 suggestions for agility exercises and full size ring course plans .

The Adventures of Two Poodles & a Mouse
Gill Pipe reviews the delightful Adventures of Two Poodles and a Mouse. It's is a perfect gift for kids of all ages, not just poodle lovers. Based on two agility dogs and their little friend, it was written by an agility widower Wilfred (aka Derek) Cheek.

Wicked Hounds Recurve Sports Collar
Top competitor Lucy Osborne reviews this new collar designed by a vet and top agility competitor in Australia, specifically for performance dogs.

iFetch
Julie Tait kindly reviewed the iFetch automatic ball launcher for Agilitynet with the help of her dogs Alfie and Poppy. What fun they had!

Chaser Toys
Stacey Irwin-Burns reviews Chaser-Toys motivational bungee and non-bungee toys.

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